Indiana landed a huge re-commitment today from Carter Smith, who had entered the transfer portal after Indiana's season ended.
Here to stay. LETS GO!!! pic.twitter.com/DxbZLYMaGL— Carter Smith (@thecartersmith0) December 13, 2023
Smith was a redshirt freshman last season after appearing in two games in 2022. Originally recruited by Darren Hiller, he ended up being the highest graded starting offensive linemen on Bob Bostad’s revamped offensive line last season.
Both Khalil Benson and Matthew Bedford transferred to Colorado while Mike Katic announced his departure for the NFL. Zach Carpenter, the only other starter from last season, remains in the portal.
Curt Cignetti has some work ahead of him to fully rebuild a Big Ten offensive line, but retaining the best starter from last year is a step in the right direction. Experience would have been nice, but some players from last season regressed as the year went on, so there was likely to be a lot of turnover either way.
Besides being Indiana’s highest graded starter, Smith has three years of eligibility remaining. Alongside Bob Bostad and his track record for improving line play, Cignetti could have the start of some long term stability on the offensive line.